Thursday, April 28, 2011

Faithful Citizenship from Mary B

May 1, 2011

In a full-page ad in the New York Times in January, 1994, the Coalition for the Homeless ran a drawing of Jesus with a large caption below: How can you worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?

I am so proud to say that that is not the situation here at ROL with our parish family. Please know that the increased food donations for our “Here the Hungry Find Plenty” effort are greatly appreciated. The containers virtually overflow after each Mass on weekends. The response is better than hoped for. We are happy to see that shopping for the less fortunate is becoming part of your weekly trip to the market.

Of course, there will always be more that can be done either through the Social Ministry programs we currently have in place or through ways we have still to learn. This week the governor announced a grassroots effort to identify, locate and help our homeless brothers and sisters. This is often as simple as keeping our eyes open for people in our neighborhood who need help.

From our Catechism of the Catholic Church, (Col 3:14), “The practice of all the virtues is animated and inspired by charity, which ‘binds everything together in perfect harmony.’ Charity upholds and purifies our human ability to love, and raises it to the supernatural perfection of divine love.” As Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Gotta go boot up my hard drive! Aloha--- Mary B

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